German power metal giants PRIMAL FEAR return to Atlanta to co-headline this year's ProgPower USA showcase on September 10. Progressive metal
stalwarts VANDEN PLAS will co-headline the evening with an exclusive U.S.
performance. Support will be provided by New Jersey's SUSPYRE and
California's FUTURE'S END (featuring SADUS/ex-TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio).
The 10th anniversary of the ProgPower USA festival features the following acts:
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
The annual "Mid-Week Mayhem" on Wednesday, September 9 will feature an
exclusive acoustic show from PAGAN MAXIMUS (featuring members of both PAGAN'S MIND and CIRCUS MAXIMUS), QUEENSRŸCHE tribute band MINDCRIME (with vocalist Chris Salinas of ZERO HOUR, Shane DuBose and Eric Halpern of KRUCIBLE) performing the classic "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety. Live QUEENSRŸCHE karaoke will follow.
Tickets for the main event go on sale March 7 via all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the showcase will go on sale June 1.
ProgPower USA began in 2001. The first festival was held in Lansing, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Earthlink Live (formerly and again Center Stage Atlanta). The festival has a wide reputation for high quality and a laid-back atmosphere. Band members frequently socialize with fans, and numerous artists have been known to attend even when not playing, including D.C. Cooper, Matt Smith of THEOCRACY, Jon Oliva of SAVATAGE fame, Lance King, members of EVERGREY, Dustin Mitchell and Curtis Morrell of KATAGORY V, Nick Van Dyke of REDEMPTION, and Urban Breed (BLOODBOUND, ex-TAD MOROSE).
ProgPower USA continues to reach new fans and artists, because it is a great opportunity for both bands and fans. Many European bands have made their first (or only) North American appearances at the festival. Many fans who cannot (or do not) travel to see those bands in Europe have a unique opportunity to see them closer to home at ProgPower.